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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Martin Amidu has done nothing wrong to be sacked – P.C. Appiah Ofori

From: Akuamoah Boateng/Adom News/Ghana          Last Updated: January 17, 2012, 3:30 am
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Martin Amidu has done nothing wrong to be sacked – P.C. Appiah Ofori
P.C Appiah Ofori
NPP Member of Parliament for Asikuma Odoben-Brakwa in the Central Region, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori has jumped to the defense of embattled Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu.

According to Mr. Appiah Ofori, calls for Mr Amidu’s resignation or dismissal are quite premature since the Attorney General has done nothing wrong to warrant such an action.

He added that Martin Amidu has excelled in discharging his duties as Attorney General and commended him for the good work done.

The outspoken MP was commenting on Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM Monday following calls for the resignation of the Attorney General

Sections of the Ghanaian media, especially those loyal to the ruling National Democratic Congress have been agitating for the resignation or dismissal of Mr Amidu for failing to carry out his duties effectively.

Critics claim the AG is not pursuing ex-government officials alleged to be corrupt. They also accuse him for poorly handling the judgment debt paid to NDC financier, Alfred Woyome.

The Attorney General in a fiery press statement responded to his critics, accusing them of being in bed with a Minister of State to discredit him.

His statement has won him no sympathies, with members of his government increasing calls for his resignation.

But he has one supporter Mr. Appiah Ofori, who referring to the Woyome saga, argued that President Mills as a lawyer, should have known better that contracts are paid with prepared certificates, alleging that there is no prepared certificate covering payment to Alfred Woyome.

He added that President Mills had disgraced himself by flouting Article 178 of the 1992 Constitution by paying Mr. Woyome from the Consolidated Fund with no job done and accused the President of making unconstitutional payments to his party members for no work done.

The MP noted that road contractors whose certificates are ready have not been paid, yet Alfred Woyome who has not done any work has been paid a colossal amount at the expense of the ordinary Ghanaian.

On the Auditor General releasing a statement clarifying the amount of money paid to Alfred Woyome, the MP said it was an afterthought, adding the government wants to indict the Auditor General.

Meanwhile, the former Brong Ahafo Regional chairman of the ruling NDC, Lawyer Owusu Agyemang said it is unfortunate that Martin Amidu reacted to his accusers’ demand for his dismissal.

He noted that Martin Amidu is an astute lawyer and that is why President Mills appointed him as Attorney General so he should not be emotional about the calls for his dismissal.

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